A massive factory that builds thousands of the country's school buses is cutting jobs and temporarily shutting down operations.
The moves at Thomas Built Buses' High Point plant are taking place because of a downturn in orders, some seasonal and some brought on by lagging tax revenues for states, the High Point Enterprise reported.
The union that represents hourly workers at the Thomas Built Buses plant in High Point announced today that about 220 employees will be laid off at the end of this month.
United Auto Workers Local 5287 president John Crawford told the Associated Press that the layoffs will have the biggest effect on a parts-stamping operation. Parent company Daimler Trucks North America would not talk about the situation.
Thomas Built Buses lost a contract to a competitor for orders of school buses from the state of North Carolina in the past year, the High Point Enterprise reported.
The company also plans to temporarily shut down production of conventional school buses at the end of August.
Crawford said the shutdown is planned for two weeks and will affect about 300 other workers. A company spokeswoman declined to provide details.